genetic research

Whether children will enjoy academic success or not could be predicted at birth, a new study led by the University of York suggests. It found that parents’ socioeconomic status and children’s inherited DNA differences are powerful predictors of educational achievement. However, the research[1] suggests that having the genes for school success is not as beneficial… Read more

Researchers have struggled for years to understand how mutations in one gene, called LRRK2, can increase the risk of three very different diseases: Parkinson’s (a brain disease), Crohn’s (a gut disease) and leprosy (a peripheral nervous system disease). Now, a Canadian team has found that inflammation is the likely culprit. “Everyone thought that LRRK2’s primary… Read more

A team of scientists from the Salk Institute in the United States created a stir last week with the announcement that they had created hybrid human-pig fetuses. The story was widely reported, although some outlets took a more hyperbolic or alarmed tone than others. One might wonder why scientists are even creating human-animal hybrids –… Read more